Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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Paycheck protection
10:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Paycheck Protection Bill Scrutinized During Missouri House Hearing

Members of the Mo. House Cmte. on Workforce Development & Workplace Safety hear testimony on a paycheck protection bill on Feb. 3, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are again trying to pass so-called "paycheck protection" legislation to  bar some unions from automatically withholding dues from employees.

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Digital Learning
6:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Study: Missouri Has 'Fallen Behind' In Providing Digital Learning To K-12 Students

(l-r) EEG's John Watson, Mo. Chamber Pres./CEO Dan Mehan, & Mo. Chamber Education VP Brian Crouse.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

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Health care
7:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Legislation to allow medical professionals to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs was heard Wednesday by a Missouri House committee.

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Politics & Issues
5:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Tax Cut Proposal Passes Mo. House Committee; Testimony Heard On Tax Credit Package

The Mo. House Ways and Means Committee, shortly before passing HB1253 by a 9-6 vote.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Tax cuts and tax credits were the center of attention at hearings conducted by two Missouri House committees Tuesday night.

First, the House Ways and Means Committee approved this year’s attempt to cut taxes.  House Bill 1253, or the Broad-Based Tax Relief Act of 2014, would tie the state’s income tax rate for business owners to economic growth, dropping the tax rate by 10 percent each year if certain conditions are met, with the ultimate goal of cutting taxes by 50 percent. 

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Voter Photo ID
7:58 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Dominate State Senate Hearing On Bill

File photo

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

The proposal comes in two pieces of legislation:  Senate Joint Resolution 31 would amend the state constitution to allow for photo ID requirements at the polls, and Senate Bill 511 would implement those requirements.  

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MoDOT
7:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commissioners Halt New Road Projects Due To Falling Revenue

(Missouri Dept. of Transportation/via Flickr)

Missouri's transportation funding outlook has become so bleak that the state's Highways and Transportation Commission has stopped adding new projects to its five-year construction program.

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Student Transfer Law
9:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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2014 State of the State Address
10:16 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Nixon Expected To Call For Education Funding, Medicaid Expansion

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, D, delivering the 2011 State of the State Address
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, during which he'll unveil his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015.

The governor was expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders not to cut taxes.  Nixon vetoed last year's tax cut bill (HB 253) and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall.  The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid.

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Medical Malpractice
5:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

House Speaker Jones Makes Medical Malpractice Caps A Top Priority For 2014

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, at a press conference Thursday in Jefferson City, announcing that restoring caps on medical malpractice damages will be a top priority in 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

A 2005 Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.  But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, surrounded by a group of medical professionals and lawmakers Thursday in Jefferson City, said restoring the caps will be one of his top priorities this year.

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DESE
4:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Nicastro: Normandy Schools Headed For Bankruptcy; Lawmaker Calls For Her Resignation During Hearing

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro appears before the Mo. House Budget Committee on Jan. 15, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Time is running out for Normandy schools in north St. Louis County to win extra funding from Missouri lawmakers this school year.

Normandy and Riverview Gardens have experienced an exodus this school year due to the student transfer law.  Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that she expects the Normandy School District will be bankrupt by the end of the year.

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